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City and Industry announce initial improvements to the City's Permit Application System

WINNIPEG - April 6, 2004 - The City of Winnipeg, together with representatives from two major industry associations, Manitoba Home Builders Association (MHBA) and Winnipeg Construction Association (WCA), will hold a media conference today at Fort Garry Place, 30 Fort Street, to provide information on the Permits X-Press Project - a joint initiative of the City of Winnipeg and the building industry aimed at making improvements to the City's permit application process.

This comprehensive system improvement effort, led by the Planning, Property and Development (PP&D) Department, has been divided into three phases and will extend over a 2-year period. A key deliverable for the first "Quick Wins" phase is a newly renovated customer service area at the 30 Fort Street Permit Office. The redesigned space features separate and distinct service counters - one configured to better meet the needs of the experienced, professional applicant; and the other designed to provide service to first-time or more occasional permit applicants.

Deputy Mayor Dan Vandal sees two elements as being fundamental to this important initiative. "Our success in implementing the deliverables for this first phase of the project is the result of both a high level commitment to this improvement effort from Mayor Murray and City Council, and a strong, collaborative working relationship with industry associations like MHBA and WCA." PP&D Director Harry Finnigan states that, "From the outset of this project last November we have been committed to consulting with our customers and working with staff to identify much-needed improvements to the City's permit process. While today marks an important first step in achieving our vision, it is recognized by all involved that much more still needs to be done."

John Bockstael, Vice President of Winnipeg Construction Association and John Daniels, Chairman of Manitoba Home Builders Association will join, Mayor Glen Murray, Deputy Mayor Dan Vandal, Chair of the City's Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development Committee, Harry Finnigan and Permits X-Press Project Manager Doug Holmes at the 10:30 am media conference. The Project now moves into Phase 2, with the next round of more complex improvements anticipated by year-end.

Last update: 06.04.2004

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